Padres acquire outfielder Quentin from White Sox

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres today announced they have acquired outfielder Carlos Quentin from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for right-handed pitcher Simon Castro and left-handed pitcher Pedro Hernandez.  Executive Vice President/General Manager Josh Byrnes made the announcement.

Quentin, 29, hit .254 (107-for-421) with 24 home runs, a career-high 31 doubles, 77 RBI and 53 runs scored in 118 games for the White Sox in 2011.  He was also named to his second All-Star team last season as he posted his highest batting average, most doubles, most extra-base hits (55) and highest slugging percentage (.499) since his first All-Star campaign in 2008, a season in which he won his first and only Silver Slugger award and finished in the top five of American League Most Valuable Player voting.  The outfielder also posted his fourth-straight 20-homer campaign in 2011 and tied a White Sox franchise record with an AL-leading 23 HBP.

“Improving our offense is a priority this offseason,” said Byrnes, “and the acquisition of Carlos gives us a proven middle-of-the-order bat. We specifically targeted Carlos because of his production and his hard-nosed style of play.”

In four seasons and 478 games for Chicago, Quentin batted .257 (438-for-1705) with 96 doubles, three triples, 107 RBI, 320 RBI, 269 runs and 181 walks.  He posted a .505 slugging percentage as a member of the White Sox.    Overall, Quentin has hit .252 (529-for-2100) with 125 doubles, six triples, 121 home runs, 383 RBI, 321 runs scored, 214 walks, a .346 on-base percentage and .490 slugging percentage in 616 games played across six Major League seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks (2006-07) and White Sox (2008-11).

A native of Bellflower, Calif., Quentin was a three-sport standout at the University of San Diego High after attending Saint Pius X Elementary School in Chula Vista.  He was named San Diego’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2000.  While at Stanford University he garnered All-Pac 10 honors three seasons, leading the Cardinal to the College World Series three times and was also a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award during his last collegiate campaign in 2003. He was selected by the Diamondbacks in the first round (29th overall) of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft.

Castro, 23, went 7-8 with a 5.63 ERA (72 ER/115.0 IP) and 94 strikeouts against 34 walks in 22 starts between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Tucson last season.  In six starts for Tucson, the right-hander went 2-2 with a 10.17 ERA (29 ER/25.2 IP) and 21 strikeouts against 18 walks.  Originally signed as a non-drafted free agent in May of 2006, he has gone 29-33 with a 4.24 ERA (263 ER/558.0 IP) and 541 strikeouts against 193 walks in 117 games, 113 starts, over six minor league seasons in the Padres (2006-11) organization.

Hernandez, 22, went 10-3 with a 3.49 ERA (45 ER/116.0 IP) and 94 strikeouts against 22 walks in 28 games, 18 starts across three levels in the Padres organization last season.  The Venezuela native split the majority of his 2011 season between Single-A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio, going 8-2 with a 3.03 ERA (33 ER/98.0 IP) and 87 strikeouts against 16 walks between the two clubs. He also made four starts for Triple-A Tucson last season.  Originally signed by the Padres as a non-drafted free agent in November of 2006, the southpaw has gone 25-11 with a 3.55 ERA (135 ER/342.2 IP) and 306 strikeouts against 57 walks in 93 games, 48 starts, across five minor league seasons in the Padres (2007-11) organization.

With today’s transaction, the Padres currently have 39 players on their 40-man roster.